Your Cancer Diagnosis: Understanding the Importance of Getting a Second Opinion

You live a healthy lifestyle. Nothing bad ever happens to you. Then, it does.

You get the dreaded “C.” Cancer. What do you do now? Most people want to rush in and get treatment right away. It scares them so much that they’ll do anything – even when they don’t fully understand the doctor’s recommendations or the implications of treatment. Here’s why it’s important to get a second opinion.

Sometimes, The Diagnosis Is Wrong

Sometimes you get a false positive or, worse, a false negative. So, it pays to get a second opinion. Sometimes, you will get a delayed cancer diagnosis, which means that the first test showed nothing. You might think you’re free and clear. But, you’re not.

Your Insurer Might Require It

Your insurance company might require that you get a second opinion. You know how loving, kind, and caring insurance companies can be. So, it pays to get a second opinion – literally. Insurers have been known to deny claims because of it. Even when your doctor is certain of the diagnosis, you might need another doctor to tell you the same thing.

You Have Multiple Health Problems

If you have multiple health problems, the standard care might not work for you. You might need additional medical intervention or a different treatment plan to sort out all of your health problems during the cancer treatment.

In some cases, you may need experimental treatments or a very closely monitored treatment plan. Regardless, it’s probably a good idea to get checked out by multiple physicians to confirm that cancer is your only problem.

You Have Different Treatment Options

Most people believe there is one treatment option for cancer: chemotherapy. The truth is, there are lots of treatment options in and outside of the U.S. Even in the U.S., there is surgical treatment and chemotherapy, and combinations thereof that go beyond the basic treatment offered by a low-level cancer clinic.

In some areas of the country, you can get experimental treatment. For example, at least one clinic in the U.S. uses a very old therapy called Coley’s Fluid. It’s a cancer vaccine developed in the 1800s, which utilizes two heat-killed bacteria to kill cancerous cells.

The bacteria causes an infection, which the body’s immune system recognizes as a threat. Then, the immune system “wakes up” and sees the cancer, killing both the bacteria, and the cancer, in one shot.

Sound far-fetched? It’s not. In fact, it’s well documented here, and here.

MBVax Bioscience was a lab that, until recently, produced the vaccine commercially for doctors around the world (except the U.S., where it is not allowed). Their tests showed tumor regression in 70% of cases and full remission in 20% of cases.

If you know anything about cancer therapies, that’s incredible.

But, it’s not something you’re going to learn about if you don’t get a second opinion. These, and other therapies, usually require you to seek out multiple different doctors, both in and outside the U.S.


Leon Carter works in the cancer patient clinic at a busy hospital. Often he sees people who are scared, and with panic clouding their judgment, he likes to sit people down and slowly explain all of their options. He is reaching more people through his written articles which appear on health/medical related sites.